- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2011

The body of former council member Nadine P. Winter will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building on Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said Monday.

Ms. Winter, who represented Ward 6 from 1975 to 1991, was among the first elected members of the D.C. Council. She died on Friday at the age of 87.

Mr. Brown requested that flags in and around the Wilson Building to be flown at half-staff through Friday.

“We are deeply indebted to her for her service,” Mr. Brown said. “She was a pioneer, a champion for the underprivileged, and an outstanding legislator.”

Ms. Winter moved to the District from Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1947 to work as a social services advocate, according to a biography distributed by Mr. Brown’s office. She founded and led Hospitality House Inc., a nonprofit formed to assist low-income families, youth, seniors and homeless persons, and helped organize the National Welfare Rights Organization.

When she retired from D.C. government, she founded the Health Action Information Network, a nonprofit that provides health education.

Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent, also issued a statement in praise of the former legislator.

Nadine Winter was a dedicated and determined public servant, a true civic leader, and an unwavering advocate for the less fortunate members of our community,” said Mr. Catania, chairman of the council’s Committee on Health. “She worked tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of District residents for whom access to quality care was nearly nonexistent.”